All About The Big Dogs

Big dogs are great companions (as well as the little ones). It is a misconception that large dogs are violent. They are big but they are very gentle, loveable, loyal and a total softie. If you want to get a big dog, then you should read this article for a start.

Breeds

Here are some large dog’s breeds:

 

Health Problems

Sadly, large dogs usually have shorter life spans due to certain health conditions. Here are common health problems that large dogs are susceptible to:

  1. Hip Dysplasia (This is when the hip joints don’t fit correctly into or are located outside of the hip joint.)
  2. Elbow Dysplasia (This is a result of various abnormalities in the development in the elbow joint.)
  3. Bloat & Torsion (Bloat is when the stomach is fills with air, while torsion is when the stomach is flips over on itself.)
  4. Dilated Cardiomyopathy (This is a hear condition in which the hear becomes inflames and doesn’t function properly. Doberman Pinschers, Great Danes, Irish Wolfhounds, Scottish Deerhounds, Saint Bernards, Newfoundlands, Afghan Hounds, Boxers, Old English Sheepdogs and Dalmatians are at highest risk for dilated cardiomyopathy)
  5. Aortic Stenosis (This is a heart disease in which the area just above the aortic valve becomes narrow, obstructing blood flow. Rottweilers, German Shepherds, Shar Pei, Golden Retrievers, Newfoundlands, Boxers, Bull Terriers, Bouvier Des Flanders and English Bulldogs are at the highest risk for this disease.)
  6. Spondylolitheses, also known as Wobblers. (This is a malformation of cervical vertebrae that cause weakness and unsteady gait in dogs. Great Danes, Doberman Pinschers, Saint Bernards, Weimaraners, German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Greyhounds and Bull Mastiffs are some breeds affected by Wobblers.)
  7. Cruciate Ligament Tears ( This is typically the result of trauma due to excessive activity or sudden movements.)
  8. Cherry Eye (This is when the third eyelid protrudes from the eye, forming a mass that becomes increasingly more irritated and inflamed.)
  9. Arthritis 

 

More information on these heath problems: http://iheartdogs.com/10-most-common-health-problems-in-large-breed-dogs/

Training

Getting your dog to meet and socialise with other dog as soon as possible. Because it will help your dog’s behavior around people and other dogs. In addition, obedience training is very important for large dogs because there are high potential risk of misbehaving. I have written a blog about training your dog correctly, if you want to read more about it, click here:  Train your dog right

Exercise

For some breeds that are bred to work daily, may require more activities and exercise to burn off their energy. If you let your dog become overweight, it can increase the likelihood of getting certain health issues such as hip dysplasia and additional pain. So, moderate exercise is good and make sure that they are not doing vigorous activity on hard surfaces.

Food

Larger breeds experience huge rates of growth from puppyhood into adulthood, and these growth spurts can be associated with serious health risks. Weight control and proper nutrition are important to your puppy’s future heath. Here are suggestions of puppy’s and adult’s dog nutritions.

Protein and Fat Content for Food for Large Breed Puppies

Protein Fat Calcium
Dry Food 22% or more 10-14% 1.5% or less
Canned Food 5.5% or more 3-4% 1.5% or less

Protein and Fat Content for Food for Large Breed Adult Dogs

Protein Fat
Dry Food 22-30% 10-16%
Canned Food 5.5-8% 3-4%

More information about large dog’s nutrition: https://www.petcarerx.com/article/large-breed-dog-food-and-nutrition/749

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